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Black and Broke:Whose fault Is It?
Glad you asked because I would love to share my two cents in such a fragile matter. As, I look back over my life in school and as a dumb out of control youth. I remember a saying from the hood “It’s hard being black…or blacks have to work harder than any other race to achieve the American dream”. I heard black power this and black power that. Join a black unit if you want to escape the jaws of the white man. I read about Martin Luther King Jr. and I saw some of his amazing work as a strong black leader. I love what he stood for and the legacy he has left behind.
Martin Luther King Jr, left a legacy behind for blacks to follow as time passed it was a message the world would follow and honor.
But, his name is branded in all neighborhoods that seemly to be in ruins or run down and infested with poverty and dead dreams. He stood for something great and died for something even greater. I can not imagine the miles Martin Luther King Jr. walked with sore feet, sweat dripping and sometimes thrown in jail.
He would turn over in his grave if he knew 47 percent of people(from all races) still lived below the poverty line and struggling to get a piece of the American Dream. So, I ask again….Black and Broke:Whose Fault Is It?
Well, I have a list of people I want to blame for all my living in poverty, struggles and troubles. I was just about to post a list with at least 200 names that will prove I can blame somebody else for my years being black and broke. Oh my goodness, I am jumping up and down because I have a list thicker than the bible. I sat down on my sofa and started shuffling through some old pictures to show my journey. As, I laid each picture down one by one and side by side on my coffee table. Tears began to fill my eyes because my old pictures began to speak to me(my heart). I could see my life unfolding from my past, present and future. Those pictures made me face some “GIANTS”. The giants of truth and facing the truth hurts. I was not ready to deal with the truth. But, since my life is an open book , I had no choice left except deal with it.
And, the truth is …where I am right now in life is caused by the choices I made in my earlier life. When I dropped out of high school and hit the streets at 19 years old poverty continued in my life by my own hands. So, it did not matter I was born black and poor. Dropping out of school changed the course of my life for many years. All the years I spent running and blaming. I could have been in school changing the course from poverty to prosperity to obtain the American Dream. With tears and snot streaming down my face. I began to scratch the people off my list that I have been blaming for over a decade. By the time I made it to the bottom of my list I heard a small still voice say “You Need To add A Name”
I started doodling and I wrote the word “We”. Because I going to write down my family tree. Then a light voice said turn that word upside down. Then I wrote M-E and then I wrote my name before I got married Tangie Denise Martin.
Oh my God it is me. I started screaming it is me…it is me. I am the reason I have struggled for so long. I was screaming so hard. “God why did you allow me to struggle and suffer for so long”
#Stay tuned for more unveiling of my life struggles as you follow me on the road to breaking generational poverty.
Martin Luther king Jr. had a dream. Yet, it is not enough anymore to have a dream and not continue where this great man left off. We are not supposed to struggle and being black and broke is no other race fault. It’s time for us all to take responsibility for where we are now in our lives so we can change the course for the better.
In conclusion, the American dream is for anyone who wants to work hard and get it. If you or someone you has falling off course. Please help them get back on track. Contact your local community resource center to find avenues to help someone else get back on track. Being Black is no excuse to being broke….Get an education , trade , job …work two jobs if you have too . No matter where you are in life take responsibility ”TODAY”
Tangie Bell- Tired Of Being Po” UNLEASHED”
Help me Help myself break generational poverty!